Would you make the change – Mercedes to Tesla?
What is having a Tesla really like? We speak to a chauffeur about how the Tesla stepped up to the job as a chauffeur vehicle.Meet Keith Whitlock – Hampshire-based chauffeur of 16 years, offering zero emissions chauffeur services. He decided to make the big switch from the Mercedes S Class 2 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! We ask Keith about some of the areas that chauffeurs need their vehicles to perform the best – for the interests of their business and their customers. Costs, client comfort and space – and of course inquiries into what Tesla is so well known for: the practicalities of owning an electric vehicle.
How do the Mercedes and Tesla compare price-wise?“I’ve had the Tesla S 90 since 15th of January 2016, my previous chauffeur car was a Mercedes s350d AMG. Cost wise the Tesla was £4000 more expensive.”
What about the running costs?“Insurance costs are roughly the same. Servicing is minimal – I’ve driven 60,000 to date with only tyres, windscreen fluid and 2 batteries in my key fob being replaced! With my Mercedes I would have had 4 services! “Fuel S class £850 per month v Tesla £30 per month (Charging at home). The majority of time I use Tesla super chargers which are rapid and at the time of writing, free” The super chargers can provide approximately 50% of range withing 20 minutes which roughly equates to over 130 miles. The free electric superchargers will only remain free for existing owners and anyone who has purchases a Tesla before 1st January 2017. The cost after this date is shown on Tesla’s website.
- 400 kWh (~1,000 miles) of Supercharger credits are awarded annually.
- For usage above the complimentary annual credits provided, a small fee applies.
- Great Britain is currently set at £ 0.20per kWh